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Live from the Double Decker Peter Pan Bus at The Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival

Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Elizabeth Román
Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Fabulous 413 is live in the streets of the Fabulous 413. We’re broadcasting live from the kick off to the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival. The free 10th Annual Festival begins this evening on Fort St. in front of The Student Prince, The festival has become the city's premier annual cultural event, showcasing a diverse lineup of national stars and local talent spanning jazz, blues, funk, hip hop, Latin, and African musical genres.

We'll be joined live in front of The Student Prince on Fort St. by Festival Founders Kristin and Khalif Neville, the family of the late Charles Neville from the legendary New Orleans group The Neville Brothers. I’ll also talk with Evan Plotkin, Springfield native, festival founder and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce's 2022 Citizen of the Year. We’ll talk with producer Kyle Homstead from Laudable Productions. And we’ll round out the hour with the group kicking off the free festival tonight-the Garifuna Collective

Christopher “Monte'' Belmonte is host and executive producer of NEPM's The Fabulous 413. He was born and raised in Massachusetts and has been a radio host in western Massachusetts for the last 20 years — the last 17 of them as host of Mornings with Monte on The River 93.9/WRSI.
Kaliis Smith is a radio host and producer for NEPM's The Fabulous 413. She was most recently host and producer at The River 93.9/WRSI where she appeared on Mornings with Monte for the Nerdwatch segment and hosted weekday evenings.